Update: Just a few months to go! Fully prepared for implementation of the GRF by 4 November? Some airports are well prepared, but many still have quite a bit of work to do. It is not too late though; a lot can be done in the last months! Check our 6-Steps programme and see where you are.
The continued growth of commercial aviation since the second half of the 20th century, put more and more pressure on operational excellence on airside. Before the pandemic the increasing number of passengers and flights caused the runway capacity to be stretched. This called for measures to increase capacity, whilst not compromising on safety. Now, due to the Covid-crisis, budget constraints drive efficiency. Airports are looking at solutions that allow them to operate safely against minimal cost and effort. The GRF is aimed at improving runway safety. How does this impact Airport Operations? See below:
- Every significant change in the runway condition requires a runway condition report to be issued, requiring operations to do an assessment first! A little bit of rain? An assessment is required!
- A runway assessment done manually can lead to runway closures of up to half an hour! During significant weather, assessments may be required regularly. How can impact on air traffic be minimised?
- A runway assessment should be done by trained personnel. Availability of skilled personnel can be an issue.
- The GRF is a safety tool, therefore accurate logging of runway condition reports is critical. Data logging and storage must be organised.
- Realtime and accurate runway condition reporting will help key stakeholders such as air traffic control, flight crews and ground handling make efficient decisions. But how can this be achieved?
These are just a few of the challenges ahead. A thorough understanding of the GRF and close cooperation with key stakeholders in this change will help identify the most important challenges and address them early. See NACO’s 6 Step approach for more details.
At NACO we believe that automation, technology and data will play an increasingly important role in improving operational efficiency. With our in-depth knowledge of runway pavements and our experience with digital airport transformations, we have developed an automated solution for runway condition reporting. The Runway Condition Report (RCR) is a critical piece of information for flight crews that aims to reduce the number of runway excursions. Runway excursions make up 97% of runway related accidents, according to a report by the Runway Safety Initiative.